Hypothesis is a collaborative annotation tool that aims to increase student engagement, expand reading comprehension, and build critcial-thinking. It's available as a plugin in WordPress and is now integrated with Moodle.


Hypothes.is, integrated into WordPress and Moodle, is a powerful tool that enables collaborative annotation on web pages and digital documents. Hypothes.is can be used to increase student engagement, expand reading comprehension, and build critical-thinking and community in classes. Collaborative annotation makes reading active, visible, and social, enabling students to engage with their texts, teachers, ideas, and each other in deeper, more meaningful ways. Hypothes.is may be used to annotate documents privately, within a private group (e.g., learners enrolled in the same section of a course), or even publicly. These annotations may include multimedia, can include tags, and may even be exported for assessment or archival purposes.

Privacy Policy

Privacy guidelines for use of this software have been prepared by the privacy office and should be reviewed prior to use.
Please note this tool includes an optional Google Docs integration and therefore requires student consent prior to them being able to access the activity. Instructions for collection of this are provided here.


As you embark this journey with digital annotations, you can use Hypothes.is to annotate course readings or discuss web pages collaboratively. Learn about how you use Hypothes.is in the video below.

Remote video URL

Source: University of Massachusetts Amherst. (2020, April 12). Hypothesis – Web Annotation Tool Overview [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNSlKjYGbUo&t=30s


Add Hypothes.is to Moodle

Learn how to add Hypothes.is to a Moodle course activity.

Easy Asynchronous Workshop

Learn Hypothes.is at your own pace. This asynchronous resource provides 9-easy steps to start using Hypothes.is in your course.

Examples of classroom use

Explore examples of how to use Hypothes.is in the classroom.

Annotation tips for students

Tips you could share with your students.

Guidelines for use

Review the information for guidance, consent notice, collection notice, and compliance requirements.

Hypothesis Academy

Please also invite your faculty to become Hypothesis Certified Educators by participating in Hypothesis Academy. This asynchronous two-week program will culminate with an official certification and teach participants the following:

  • How to analyze and discuss the benefits of social annotation in courses
  • How to set up a Hypothesis-enabled assignment in the appropriate LMS and grade the assignment
  • How to design an activity that uses social annotation with Hypothesis

The first cohort of the Hypothesis Academy begins on January 3, so please encourage your faculty to register here by January 2, 2023.